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Old 07-20-2015, 07:12 AM   #1
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Solar Charge Controller Help

I believe I need a New Solar Charge Controller on my 2001 Dynasty. The current one is the RV- 30D Heliotrope with another # 93113 on the panel. With this system my OEM Interstate batteries lasted 12 years before I replaced them although they were still working.
A few years ago I had a problem with cold solder joints on the board or just broken solder joints. I was able to remove the unit and re-solder the board. At that time the symptoms were no display and no charging. When I banged on on the wall next to the panel the display worked. When I pulled the panel out the loose solder joints were apparent.
It might be time for either a rebuilt board or a new one. Heliotrope in Oregon is out of business (original Manufacturer ) Does anyone know of a replacement? Is there anyone who rebuilds these? With all the Solar Electric Panels used today there should be someone with 15 year newer Technology, does anyone know of a company?
Since I store my MH in a Storage Yard with no electric, my only options would be to remove the Batteries when in storage or start everything up every couple of weeks to charge for a couple of hours. Not a happy thought.
Thanks for any help or advice.
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Old 07-20-2015, 07:34 AM   #2
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I have a used rv30d. I replaced mine with AM Solar 3000i.
http://www.amsolar.com/home/amr/page...ost_3000i.html
If you get the 3000i you will need the face plate to fit the old hole.


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Do you turn off the master switches for house and chassis batteries when in storage? The batteries should not need charging in two weeks with the switches turned off.
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Thanks for the response. I have always turned the masters off when in storage. The yard is not too close to me so it is a dedicated trip. If I am away etc I just don't want to have a problem.
I was told when I first bought this unit by a Tech where I bought it to turn off the masters as a security/ safety matter.
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I don't turn any switches off but I'm plugged in to 50 Amp in storage. I only have one solar panel.
In the past I didn't like the high charge voltage (only one panel though) on the chassis battery from the Rv 30d so I pulled the fuse on that battery feed. Then I changed my rv30d for the AM Solar 3000i.
I just did the swap and have not studied the charge voltage yet with the 3000i.



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For an easy fix/swap you may consider trying to find one like you have at a salvage yard. I have the same controller and it has never caused me any problems (Knock on Wood).
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Old 07-21-2015, 06:54 AM   #7
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Heliorope RV-30D Solar Controller

Does anyone else have a Heliotrope RV-30D Solar Controller available who is willing to sell it?
We are leaving shortly and I don't know if I will have the time to install or troubleshoot a new installation on a Different type.
If not does anyone know if the RV-30D are troublesome units? Would one from a Salvage yard (if I can find one) a reasonable replacement to take a chance with?
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Check with Dave at AM Solar. I believe he told me he designed the Heliotrope controllers. He probably will have a used one oh hand.

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I think this is the right guy to talk to at AM Solar

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I have one I replaced it with the am solar 3000i. I won't be home (where it is) until mid September
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Try contacting Visione Auto Mart in KY, they have lots of salvage RV's including Monaco's.

Used RV Parts And Accessories | Visone RV Monaco Parts Dealer | rvparts.visonerv.com

Your solar controller was commonly used, I would be they would have one. They might give you a deal on the controller and the 85 watt solar panel.
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Solar Power Controller

Hi Jeff, Not sure if you have been receiving my PMs Re the RV 30D you have available. I sure could use it. Sept is OK.
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I believe I need a New Solar Charge Controller on my 2001 Dynasty. The current one is the RV- 30D Heliotrope with another # 93113 on the panel. With this system my OEM Interstate batteries lasted 12 years before I replaced them although they were still working.
A few years ago I had a problem with cold solder joints on the board or just broken solder joints. I was able to remove the unit and re-solder the board. At that time the symptoms were no display and no charging. When I banged on on the wall next to the panel the display worked. When I pulled the panel out the loose solder joints were apparent.
It might be time for either a rebuilt board or a new one. Heliotrope in Oregon is out of business (original Manufacturer ) Does anyone know of a replacement? Is there anyone who rebuilds these? With all the Solar Electric Panels used today there should be someone with 15 year newer Technology, does anyone know of a company?
Since I store my MH in a Storage Yard with no electric, my only options would be to remove the Batteries when in storage or start everything up every couple of weeks to charge for a couple of hours. Not a happy thought.
Thanks for any help or advice.
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